The Great Hall, Christ Church

Location: Oxford
CONTRACTOR: Cliveden Conservation
CLIENT: Christ Church
DATE: 2014 - 2016

Completed in 1529, the Grade 1-listed Great Hall at Christ Church is a building of considerable historical significance. 

In autumn 2014, and as a result of extensive deathwatch beetle decay, an un-braced purlin had a catastrophic failure. Investigations determined that the roof purlins throughout would need to be repaired with discreet steel shoes, necessitating an extensive birdcage scaffold that would enable repair while allowing some functions in the Great Hall to continue below. 

These sensitive repair works uncovered a need for yet more corrective action to address missing and disconnected elements, including additional purlin repairs, pendant lantern repairs, tie strengthening, plates and braces and some mortar repairs. 

Throughout, great care was taken to ensure disruption was minimised with 3D-modelled final solutions that allowed the reinstatement of the historic mouldings to minimise visual impact.

ENGINEER: Mark

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